Drinking Water Critical Infrastructure and Its Protection

  • Rakesh Bahadur
  • William B. Samuels
Part of the Protecting Critical Infrastructure book series (PCIN, volume 2)


Drinking water in the United States has long been recognized as among the safest in the world, but the devastating events of September 11, 2001 brought water security to the forefront as a priority. Terrorist attacks against the United States and the consequent war on terrorism being waged by the United States and its allies have provided great impetus for the development of tools and technologies that can be utilized to detect and/or neutralize terrorist threats. One of the greatest concerns facing the nations is the intentional introduction of chemical, biological, or radiological (CBR) contaminants into the nation’s drinking water supplies. Damage to or destruction of the nation’s water supply and water quality infrastructure by terrorist attack could disrupt the delivery of vital human services, threatening public health and the environment, or possibly causing loss of life. This chapter deals with drinking water security tools and procedures. It also discusses the evolutionary concept of security in the water sector and the current state of technology.


Vulnerability Assessment Water Utility Water Distribution System Critical Infrastructure Water Sector 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science Applications International Corporation Center for Water Science and EngineeringMcLeanUSA

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